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Too Short vs. Talib Kweli – Underground Kings, Round 1

Who’s better? “Shorty the Pimp” or the “Prisoner of Conscious”?

Too Short started his career selling tapes out of the trunk of a car and now, after millions of records sold and a long relationship with Jive Records, he’s back on the indie grind with his Dangerous Music label. Ask Kid Cudi, Jay Z or any of the countless artists he’s done features for — he’s still the coldest mack on the mic.

BK MC Talib Kweli’s career is a study in resilience and perseverance. He helped make indie label Rawkus a powerhouse in the late ’90s as part of Black Star with Mos Def and Reflection Eternal with DJ Hi-Tek. After going solo and doing the major label thing he’s back with his own company, Javotti Media. Never forget that he’s the guy that Jay Z name-checked and one of the MCs Kanye cites as one of his biggest influences and early mentors.

Who should advance to the next round? Cast your vote for the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever in the poll below.

Voting for this round closes on Thursday Oct. 31 at 3:59PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure that your favorite indie rap act wins!

Next: E-40 vs. DOOM

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